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The old Argyle City Hall is shown during a snowy February day in 1996.

Argyle Senior Center schedules Western Day celebration

The Argyle Senior Center will celebrate Western Day at noon Friday, Feb. 21, in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room.

Those attending are asked to wear Western attire, bring a covered dish that will complement Babe’s fried chicken provided by the Argyle Police Department, play bingo, with prizes supplied by Argyle’s Edward Jones, and participate in a drawing for autographed books written by Western writer Elmer Kelton.

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or visit the Argyle Senior Center website at



TV cures or relapses flu sufferers

With the flu hitting the country, I’m sure the same remedies from the past are applied and the time it takes to be cured will be as confusing as ever. Popular conversations at the workplace or among homemakers include, “I just got over the flu that lasted for two weeks.” and “Thank goodness, mine only lasted three days.”

There are many theories as to why one person recovers faster than another, ranging from being in better shape, getting more rest or having a stronger immune system, but I don’t think it’s any of these. Most people who have flu symptoms take a couple of aspirins and go to bed, but after a few hours of lying there feeling miserable, they flip on the television. Right there determines how speedy their recovery will be.

Last week, I found myself in that situation and believe me, after watching daytime soaps, people are either so glad when they overcome the illness or sometimes suffer a relapse because they, like those who are so depressed from watching all the dreadful things that can happen to people, stay in bed a few days longer hoping to see humanity save itself.

Modern soaps have a hospital with doctors and nurses, and what goes on in that hospital leaves little doubt as to why a patient hangs on to life for the next six episodes.

Those doctors and nurses are so busy trying to keep their spouses, playing hanky-panky or keeping secrets, they don’t have time for patients.

And the patients — they’ve either murdered someone and needed to get sick to have an alibi, had a terrible accident and have family members hovering over them for two weeks or popped their cork and blessed us with viewing their weekly psychiatric sessions.

I’ve never seen so many women wanting a baby to save their marriages and when the kid gets here, the children in Dickens’ time were in some respects treated better. Today, they get hit by cars, go on drugs, run away or have kids out of wedlock who are adopted by a couple who wants to save their marriage.

After I viewed these tragedies for a couple of days I began to feel better and considered myself in the category of having a speedy recovery, but now I am beginning to feel achy, my nose is stuffy, and — will they find a cure on General Hospital?

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.

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